Pakistan and Bangladesh have just managed to scrape through to qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. This will be the first time that Bangladesh will be a part of 50-over cricket’s second biggest tournament since 2006. However, in the process, West Indies, who are placed at number eight in the ICC One-Day International Rankings, missed the bus.
The International Cricket Council, the governing body of the game, wrote in its press release, “The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 will be a 15-match tournament, with teams split into two groups of four, with the top two teams in each group progressing to the semi-finals. The groups and the schedule for the ICC Champions Trophy will be announced in due course.”
“With the sides for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 now confirmed, the next important qualification date in the diaries of the 12 teams on the ICC ODI Team Rankings will be 30 September 2017.” Apart from Pakistan and Bangladesh, Australia, India, South Africa, New Zealand, England and Sri Lanka are the other teams to qualify for the tournament.
“That is the date when the top eight ranked sides on the ICC ODI Team Rankings will earn direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to be hosted by the ECB. The bottom four sides will get a second chance to complete the 10-team line-up in the ICC Cricket World Cup when they will be joined by teams from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018,” the press release further added.
“As such, all bilateral ODI cricket in the lead up to 30 September 2017, including the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, will now have greater importance as only 27 points separate second-ranked India from ninth-ranked West Indies.”